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Seeking Peace . . .

Seeking Peace . . .

 

In the Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians, he contrasts a life following carnal desires with one lived seeking God's purpose and led by the Holy Spirit. The list that he calls "acts of the flesh" (see Galatians 5:19-21a) is a dreadful one, but every act is as recognizable today as it was over 2,000 years ago when he penned the letter. The listing is followed by his counsel, "I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." Galatians 5:21b (NIV)

 

Surely, all of us experience a lack of peace in some (or many) aspects of our lives. What is music to one is noise to another, a conversation to one is debate or argument to another, news to one is gossip to another. So many things are unsettling to us that our minds are distracted from our daily blessing . . . that every good and perfect gift is sent from God (see James 1:17).

 

A peace exists that is likely unexplainable in words, but it is felt in spirit. That peace comes from our intentional focus on God to the point that it becomes our governing nature. The battle with temptations and worldly distractions will not subside; however, we can have confidence that we can overcome through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Several ways to restore ourselves begin with rest, relaxation, and exercise . . . these can re-direct our mind from its burdens. The best key to pursuing a personal peace is with prayer and thanksgiving. "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

 

"The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind

governed by the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6 (NIV)

 

Ray Newbold

 

Professor of Forestry, (Ret.), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana

Writer, OPEN WINDOWS; Deacon--FBC, Ruston; Mission Work: Mexico

 

 

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